Sarah Bolger

Sarah Bolger (born 28 February 1991[1][2][3]) is an Irish actress. She starred in the films In America (2003), Stormbreaker (2006), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), The Moth Diaries (2011), The Lazarus Effect (2015), and Emelie (2015). On television, she portrayed Princess Mary Tudor in The Tudors (2008–2010), for which she won an IFTA award, and Princess Aurora in Once Upon a Time (2012–2015). Bolger also appeared on the series Into the Badlands (2015–2017) and stars on Mayans M.C. (2018–present).

Sarah Bolger
Sarah Bolger (48484781976) (cropped).jpg
Bolger in July 2019
Born (1991-02-28) 28 February 1991 (age 30)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1999–present

Early life and educationEdit

Bolger was born in Dublin to father Derek, a butcher and mother Monica, a housewife and grew up in the Southside suburb of Rathfarnham.[1][4] Her younger sister, Emma, also acted and has since pursued academia.[5]

Bolger attended Loreto High School Beaufort from 2003 to 2009 and took classes at Ann Kavanagh's Young People's Theatre.[6][7] She spoke about her Catholicism, inspired by her late grandparents, and role as a communion minister at her local church in a 2011 interview with the Irish Independent.[8]


Bolger starred in In America with her sister, Emma. From 2008 to 2010, she portrayed Princess Mary Tudor in The Tudors.[1] Bolger starred in Stormbreaker alongside Alex Pettyfer. She also starred in the film adaptation of the children's novel The Spiderwick Chronicles. She filmed a pilot called Locke & Key,[9] and will star in the movie Starbright.[10]

Bolger guest starred as Princess Aurora in the second, third, and fourth seasons of the fairy tale drama, Once Upon a Time.[11]

Bolger played the female lead role, Umi, in the English version of the 2011 Studio Ghibli film From Up on Poppy Hill, and starred as Lucy in As Cool as I Am in 2013. In 2014, she made an appearance on TV series, Mixology.[12] Bolger co-starred in David Gelb's thriller film The Lazarus Effect.[13]

In 2015, she starred in the AMC martial arts show Into the Badlands and the Freddie Steinmark biopic My All American.

In 2016, she starred as the title character in the horror film Emelie.

In March 2017, it was reported by Deadline Hollywood that Bolger was to star in the crime-thriller A Good Woman Is Hard to Find directed by Abner Pastoll.[14] Filming completed in December 2017,[15] with the film released in 2019.

Other projectsEdit

In January 2011, Bolger was selected to be in photographer Kevin Abosch's project "The Face of Ireland"[16] alongside other Irish celebrities including Sinéad O'Connor, Neil Jordan, and Pierce Brosnan.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 A Love Divided Eileen Cloney
2003 In America Christy
2005 Tara Road Annie
2006 Stormbreaker Sabina Pleasure
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Mallory Grace
2009 Iron Cross Kashka
2011 The Moth Diaries Rebecca
2011 From Up on Poppy Hill Umi Matsuzaki Voice role (English dub); Japanese title: Kokuriko-zaka kara
2013 Crush Jules
2013 As Cool as I Am Lucy Diamond
2014 Kiss Me Zoe
2014 Starbright Pamela
2015 My All American Linda Wheeler
2015 The Lazarus Effect Eva
2015 Emelie Emelie
2017 Halal Daddy Maeve Logan
2019 End of Sentence Jewel
2019 A Good Woman Is Hard to Find Sarah
2021 We Broke Up Bea


Year Title Role Notes
1999 A Secret Affair Helena Fitzgerald Television film
2002 The World of Tosh TV series
2004 The Clinic Janey Quinn 2 episodes
2006 Stardust Lorraine Keegan Miniseries
2008–2010 The Tudors Mary Tudor Recurring role (seasons 2–3); main role (season 4); 23 episodes
2012–2015 Once Upon a Time Princess Aurora Recurring role (seasons 2–4); 16 episodes
2014 Mixology Janey Episode: "Tom & Maya"
2015–2017 Into the Badlands Jade Main role (seasons 1–2)
2016 Agent Carter Violet Episodes: "The Lady in the Lake", "A View in the Dark", "The Atomic Job"
2018–2019 Counterpart Anna Silk Recurring role
2018–present Mayans M.C. Emily Thomas Main role[18]

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Mallory Grace
2010 BioShock 2 Eleanor Lamb

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Work Award Category Result Ref.
2003 In America Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2004 In America Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Performer Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female Nominated [19]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female Nominated
Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [20]
2009 Herself Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award Won [21]
The Spiderwick Chronicles Irish Film & Television Awards Actress in a Supporting Role – Film Nominated [22]
Herself Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Rising Star Award Nominated [22]
2010 The Tudors Irish Film & Television Awards Actress in a Supporting Role – Television Won [23]
2011 The Tudors Irish Film & Television Awards Actress in a Supporting Role – Television Nominated [24]
2018 Halal Daddy Irish Film & Television Awards Actress in a Leading Role – Film Nominated [25][26]


  1. ^ a b c Daly, Susan (25 April 2009). "Sarah Bolger: 'Now that I'm 18... everyone's asking me about sex'". Irish Independent. Dublin, Ireland. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ "85K followers in 2016 birthday". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Tweet in 2017 birthday". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ Barter, Pavel (21 June 2020). "Battles of the Sarah Bolger". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 24 May 2021.(subscription required)
  5. ^ Lynch, Donal (3 July 2017). "Method to her gladness". Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  6. ^ Webb, Sarah (8 March 2008). "Teen idol". Irish Independent. Dublin, Ireland. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Tudors actress Sarah Bolger discusses her religious side". 1 February 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  8. ^ Egan, Barry (30 January 2011). "Teenage Dreams: Sarah Bolger on her surprising religious side". Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Sarah Bolger Joins Locke & Key". Dread Central. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Sarah Bolger Leads 'Starbright' – The Irish Film & Television Network". Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  11. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (5 July 2012). "Exclusive: Wake Up! Once Upon a Time Has Cast Sarah Bolger as Sleeping Beauty". TVLine. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Sarah Bolger Joins 'Mixology', 'Returned' Adds Mark Hildreth, Leslie Bibb In 'Boy'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  13. ^ "The Lazarus Effect Gives Rise to an Official Poster". Dread Central. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Sarah Bolger In Talks To Star In Crime Thriller 'A Good Woman Is Hard To Find'". Deadline Hollywood.
  15. ^ "Sarah Bolger, Andrew Simpson Board Abner Pastoll's 'A Good Woman Is Hard to Find' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  16. ^ Sarah Bolger Source Archived 13 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Kevin Abosch – TFOI Archived 5 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (10 March 2017). "'Mayans MC': Sarah Bolger To Co-Star In FX's 'Sons Of Anarchy' Spinoff Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  19. ^ Susman, Gary (3 December 2003). "Here are the Independent Spirit Award nominees". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Nominations announced for the 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild. 15 January 2004. Archived from the original on 21 August 2004.
  21. ^ "Sarah Bolger nominated for Shooting Star award". RTÉ. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  22. ^ a b "Irish Film & Television Awards Winners Announced". The Irish Film & Television Network. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  23. ^ "IFTA Winners 2010". The Irish Film & Television Academy. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  24. ^ "IFTA Winners 2011". The Irish Film & Television Academy. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  25. ^ Fetherston, Sinann (19 February 2018). "Sarah Bolger wore Irish design to the IFTA red carpet". RTÉ. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  26. ^ "IFTA Film & Drama Awards Ceremony Winners 2018". The Irish Film & Television Academy. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018.

External linksEdit